Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Top Ten "Gateway" Books in My Reading Journey

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Top Ten "Gateway" Books In My Reading Journey
After seeing so many blogging buddies participate in this weekly meme over the years, I've decided to jump in. I may not participate every week, but I'm planning to post when the topic interests me.

It was hard to narrow this list down to only 10 ... but these are the first 10 books that came to mind.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter: This was my favorite book as a child, so I think I can say this is the book that started it all!

Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene: These are some of the first mysteries I remember reading, and I've been a fan of mystery and suspense novels ever since!

Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn: I distinctly remember receiving this series for Christmas when I was in 7th grade! This was my first introduction to Christian fiction.

The O'Malley series by Dee Henderson: This series introduced me to a more adult level of both Christian fiction and mystery/suspense. And what an introduction it was!

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers: I started this book three times before I finished it. When I finally did, I read more of her books and loved them all! Plus, these books kept me company while I was working night shift when I lived in South Africa, so they'll always have a special place in my heart.

Rick & Bubba's Big Honkin' Book of Grub by Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey: This was the first book I ever reviewed on i blog 4 books. I reviewed a few on a personal blog previously, but this was my first official ib4b review!

She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell: After reading this book, I realized that I truly did love historical fiction! 

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen: This was an incredible introduction (for me) to the world of regency and upstairs/downstairs type novels. I've enjoyed quite a few since then!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Thanks to this trilogy I've discovered quite a few YA dystopian novels and enjoyed them tremendously!

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet by Sophie Hudson: After reading this book last summer, I realized that I do enjoy reading non-fiction books from time to time!


  1. This list is great! I am so happy to see someone else mentioned a picture book.

  2. I feel like I'm seeing a lot of Peter the Rabbit on these lists and now I'm wondering why I didn't particularly feel attached to that as a kid. I think it was maybe because the sadness of The Velveteen Rabbit turned me off to all rabbit books. Here's my list.

    1. Oh yeah ... The Velveteen Rabbit is the SADDEST book. But Peter Rabbit was my all-time favorite. (I used to sleep with the book!) :)

      Hopping over to visit you now ... (pun NOT intended!)


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